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Growth Advancement in the NICU: Ten Point Nine

The GAIN: Ten Point Nine Collaborative aims to improve growth and nutrition for infants with a birth weight > 1500 grams in NICUs with an average daily census of ≤ 10.9.

This collaborative was specifically designed for NICUs with a lower average daily census, with direct input from CPQCC's member-led Ten Point Nine Workgroup. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the GAIN: Ten Point Nine Collaborative will launch as a virtual collaborative. An in-person collaborative meeting will be considered if the public health situation allows. 

Why your NICU should join

This collaborative will be a unique opportunity for smaller NICUs to:

  • Focus on the larger, lower acuity babies that make up the majority of their caseloads
  • Share experiences, lessons, materials, data, and strategy with similar-sized NICUs 
  • Address the challenges of improving the growth of NICU infants with a birth weight > 1500 grams
  • Learn about evidence-based best practices for improving growth and nutrition in the NICU
  • Join a CPQCC collaborative at a reduced cost of $5,000 per site


  • Launch: July 2021
  • Active Phase: July 2021 - June 2022
  • Sustainability Phase: July 2022 - June 2023

For more information on the collaborative structure and timeline, download the collaborative FAQs document.

Additional benefits

  • The opportunity to benchmark, track and compare data between your site and other participating sites using a new web-based quality improvement platform
  • Guidance in both quality improvement and the clinical area of focus from a multidisciplinary faculty panel from across the state
  • Access to CPQCC's new QI Fundamentals online education course. This course is only available to CPQCC members participating in a QI collaborative.
  • Credit for participating Neonatologists toward the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 Program

Scholarship Opportunity

CPQCC will award five scholarships of $1,000 to eligible NICUs interested in participating in the GAIN: Ten Point Nine Collaborative. Sites must be committed to joining and completing the full 24-month collaborative. This is a needs-based scholarship available to members who have financial constraints that may prevent them from securing the $5,000 collaborative fee and who are current on their membership dues. To apply for the scholarship, check the scholarship box on the registration form and answer the associated questions.